What a day in the life of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee looks like

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When it comes to being a a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee, the only constant about day-to-day life is that there is no constant, and you’re continuously experiencing new things as you work to run your business.

A normal day in the life can be a lot of different things, and that’s what makes franchising with our brand so unique. While each franchisee might run their operation a little differently and the day-to-day responsibilities might vary by location, the goal for all of our franchisees is the same: moving customers and employees forward.

“The goal for us is always growth,” said Multi-unit Franchisee Nick Roerig. “We want to grow the business, grow people’s careers, and grow the positive impact we can have on the people around us. That’s what’s great about this company – it is a place where you can grow all of these things with like-minded people.”

How franchisees work to meet this goal depends on their style of business ownership, but there are a few common traits across the board to help summarize a normal day in the life for a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee.

  • Keeping an eye on franchise culture and atmosphere to ensure there is a healthy work environment at each location
  • Making sure the franchise is in compliance with all regulations and guidelines from a corporate and state level
  • Creating a fair work environment that promotes accountability, communication, and team development
  • Using strategic business planning and tactics to help protect the brand, promote the brand, and drive success for the franchise
  • Building relationships with other business owners and organizations in the area to help with participating and giving back to the community

For more insight on what a typical day looks like for a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee, we spoke with Multi-unit Franchisee Holly Stewart who owns multiple locations in Georgia!

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What is the day-to-day like for you?

“It really can vary a lot from week to week, but it’s usually some mix of working with managers, putting face time in with front line staff to keep culture and accountability high, meetings with outside parties, and getting my work done.”

What is something people wouldn’t expect that comes with the job?

“It isn’t always the case, but there are times when you can have your cake and eat it, too. The business will reflect you over time and if you’re able to mold everything together, it can be a lot of fun.”

What should people know before becoming a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee?

“Even though you own the business, it’s still a full-time job. Being a franchisee in a franchising system gives you access to outstanding tools and resources and access to a proven roadmap of success, but at the end of the day it’s still up to you to make everything come together. I find it helpful to remember that as the business owner, I have to drive the ship and make the tough choices.”

you’re interested in learning more about what a franchising opportunity with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK could look like for you, visit our franchise development website, here.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

A passion for moving employees forward inspires Ohio franchisee to keep chasing success

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Of all the knowledge a working professional can have during their career, perhaps nothing is more valuable than years of experience to help guide and serve as a reference point when making decisions.

For TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchisee Stephanie Clarey, she has just that – experience and nearly two decades worth of it at her side. Clarey has held a variety of roles within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK system for 18 years now and over this time, has worked her way up to now having her own location.

“I had just graduated from college when I was hired as a marketing manager and human resources assistant,” Clarey said. “Owning a franchise started to become a more attractive idea as my husband and I started working out of college and deciding what we wanted to do with our careers.”

Clarey and her husband, Justin, made their first franchise purchase in January of 2019 when they signed on to take over the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Columbus, Ohio franchise. It was a major milestone for the two as they had been working their way up for years, and it was a chance to take on a franchise in a thriving market for the moving industry.

Their years of experience – paired together with the training and mentorship they received from the previous owners of the Columbus location – helped make the transition smooth as they became business owners.

“We trained with the previous owners and shadowed them for several years before making the transition to ownership,” Clarey said. “We thought it was really helpful for us to do that, and it’s made things easier for us as we were able to understand issues better and work through them.”

Still, like any big career move, there are some challenges involved with making a big shift like becoming a business owner. Clarey was now tasked with seeing things from a big-picture perspective, instead of focusing on certain areas like she did in previous roles.

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“I was the sales manager before I became a franchisee, so I wasn’t used to looking at the company as a whole,” Clarey said. “When you are a franchisee, you focus on all departments. I just didn’t have experience doing that before.”

As Clarey navigated her new role, she continued to see the impact she was able to have on so many different people, which is something she really enjoys.

“I love seeing the growth in our employees as they move forward,” Clarey said. “We enjoy that each day is different – or even each year, as we learned last year with COVID-19. It keeps you engaged and encourages you to always keep learning and growing.”

While Clarey is focused on growing her location in Columbus, she also wants to hone in on the people side of things and wants the absolute best for her team.

Both her and her husband have transitioned seamlessly into being franchisees, and she encourages anyone who enjoys making a difference in people’s lives to pursue a franchising role.

“Yes, I would absolutely recommend franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK,” Clarey said. “It is just so rewarding to make a difference in someone’s life.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

What to expect when starting your own business versus joining an established franchise brand

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Becoming a business owner is a dream many have as they look to establish themselves as professionals at the beginning of their working careers.

However, deciding how to get there is a complicated process and involves a lot of planning and decision making as you figure out how to invest your money. While the traditional route is starting your own business, franchising is another avenue to business ownership that could be strongly considered for those looking to be their own boss.

When it comes to starting your own business, you have to come up with an idea from scratch, build a product and following, and continue to innovate as you expand your business reach and customer network. With franchising, you are buying into a proven model of success where brand recognition is already prevalent as you open a new chapter of a business people already trust.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has allowed people to achieve their dream of business ownership for more than 35 years, and in turn, has built a diverse franchisee network full of experienced, hardworking individuals who come from all backgrounds.

“I became a franchisee for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in December of 2014,” said Curtis Newman, who is a multi-unit franchisee with locations in Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas. “The process was very detailed and organized in the months leading up to everything. We were fortunate enough to be able to speak with the Home Office First Gear Team on a weekly basis, and they made sure we had everything in order to be successful.”

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand is now open in 45 states across America – as well as Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom – and we’re looking to continue our expansion in these areas as time goes on. For three decades now, we’ve made a mark on the moving industry as being a reputable moving service with outstanding customer service.

It’s a brand people can trust, and that trust makes franchising an exciting opportunity for potential franchisees who are interested in joining the brand.

“I love being my own boss and being hands-on,” said Jim Frederickson, a multi-unit franchisee with locations in Arizona. “Having my own company in my hometown and providing a quality service to my network of friends, relatives, coworkers, classmates, and so on is just an awesome experience. I still say today that my mom is my biggest referral source.”

Dedicated support

A major selling point of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising experience is the support you get from our dedicated Home Office subject matter expert teams. All areas of business are covered here – marketing, sales, accounting, human resources, operations, risk and safety management, and more – to ensure your franchise is successful.

Working together with these Home Office teams, you’ll develop the best plans for your business while also gaining access to daily support and communication should you have questions.

Training

We are strong believers in extensive and ongoing training for everyone involved with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK so we can continue to improve at every level. From the moment you sign on as a franchisee with our brand, you are given access to a large resource of training options.

From our Gearing Up course for new franchisees to monthly webinars and our Stickmen University library, you’ll have every topic of the franchising world covered.

Growing service options

In order to have a successful franchise, you need successful service options, and that’s exactly what we have here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. We’ve continued to evolve over the years from just local, home movers, and we now offer business moving, long-distance moving, storage options, packing options, and our newest service – junk removal.

These will help you become a one-stop-shop for all moving needs for your customers.

If you would like to learn more about franchising opportunities within TWO MEN AND A TRUCK or you’re interested in getting the process rolling to start your own, visit our Franchise Development website, here.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

A day in the life of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee

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What is it like to be a franchisee with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK? Each day is different, full of new challenges, and filled with opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.

Our franchisees all operate a little differently within our brand based on what works best for their businesses, but one thing all of them having in common is helping people move forward in their lives with outstanding moving services and giving back to the communities where they operate. So what does a normal day in the life of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee look like? Continue reading

Two decades of experience gives Franchisee Rob Wallace great perspective as business owner

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Written by Erik Sargent

When Rob Wallace joined the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK family initially, things were a lot different than they were today.

For starters – he joined on as a mover with the Columbus, Ohio, franchise in the winter of 1996 for a brief stint. He left that job to work in logistics for a few years, but in the 1999, found himself with the opportunity to join back with the company and start fresh. Continue reading

Franchisee Success Stories: Holly Stewart

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Although the moving industry is thought of as a male-dominated industry, it has never slowed down Multi-Unit Franchisee Holly Stewart from finding success with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

Originally starting as a manager in the greater Atlanta area in 2010, Stewart has now worked her way up to the franchisee level and currently has ownership of three different locations in Atlanta. Continue reading

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising team continues to expand their franchise locations

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Written by Erik Sargent

Part of what makes the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee network so successful is the wide-range of experience our franchisees have, either within our franchise system or previous careers they’ve had.

With over 350 franchise locations in 44 different states, we have a little bit of everything with our franchisees, and sometimes these different backgrounds pair up and create ownership teams that can take locations to new heights. Continue reading

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK provides rewarding opportunity for veterans looking to build a business

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Written by Erik Sargent

As the country spent the last week honoring the brave men and women of this country by celebrating Veteran’s Day, it reminds us all how important the sacrifices are these individuals have made for our freedoms we enjoy daily

This sacrifice is something we reflect on here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK year-round, not only in the work we do to give back to the veterans in the communities where we work and operate, but also in the employment opportunities we provide for veteran members. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has become appealing to veterans looking to get into business ownership, and the resources we provide speak for themselves. Continue reading

Ben Darnell brought over 25 years of business experience when joining the system in 2012

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Part of what makes the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee network so diverse is the fact that our franchises come from all different walks of life, backgrounds, and careers.

This collective wealth of knowledge always works toward the greater good of our company, and the diversity in experience amongst our franchisees helps us stay on the cutting edge of business while continuing to develop new and exciting strategies. For Multi-unit Franchisee Ben Darnell, he experienced more than 25 years of work before even hearing of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK – and his experiences were far from the moving industry. Continue reading

Liz Friedmann announced as 2018 Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® Scholarship winner

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Like any other day of work for Liz Friedmann, it was business as usual as she arrived to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® St. Louis, Mo., office on Thursday, September 27.

Friedmann had spent the last year participating in the Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward Scholarship program, a year-long program designed to train managers from within the system all aspects of the business to transition them into the franchisee role. She knew the winner announcement was looming, but didn’t know where she stood in the rankings. Continue reading